Since 1978, runners from Michigan, the United States and all over the world have traveled to Detroit to take part in our marathon. It has become an event that encompasses people from all walks of life, not just elite runners. They run the marathon for different reasons: to qualify for the Boston Marathon, to raise money for charity, to honor a loved one, to celebrate weight loss or to show that they have overcome tremendous odds.

From the new runner to the more seasoned marathoner, our race has something for everyone. And with multiple distance events available including marathon, half-marathon, disabilities & relay divisions, 5k walk/run, and a Kids Fun Run, our goal is to give every participant a once-in-a-lifetime experience…every year! The only way we can make an event like this happen is with the phenomenal support of race volunteers and the generosity of our sponsors.

Our runners continue to share with us the reasons they love the marathon. Those wonderful things that make Detroit unique and exciting – crossing international borders twice, running an “underwater mile,” the large crowds and entertainers posted every few miles. The sights on Belle Isle are scenic and views of the city from Corktown to Indian Village allow you to take in Detroit in a way pictures never could.

Competitor magazine has included Detroit when picking its 26 most memorable miles from marathons across the country. The magazine called the mile over the bridge as “more scenic” but the mile through the tunnel the “more memorable.” Rodale publishing (parent of Runner’s World magazine) has selected Detroit as one of its 10 best events for first-time marathoners. Marathon & Beyond magazine has included Detroit it its ranking of the Top 25 finisher medals for North American marathons.


As of July 2015, we are proud to announce we are a founding race partner of the USA Today Sports Active Alliance. As of 2016. we are proud to be a part of the Sister Marathon Peace Initiative. The Sister Marathon community aims to build lasting friendships across cultures that serve to bring the world closer together.


On behalf of the volunteers, sponsors and all marathon organizers, we look forward to seeing you at the Start Line in Detroit for this exciting experience.